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ly touched for any other purpose, is exhausted, and there are warrants, amounting to $2,000,000, on the Secretary's table, which are not signed, because they cannot be paid. Mr. Thomas will take immediate steps to secure payment of interest on the public debt due on the first of January, if all other demands have to be temporarily postponed. A melancholy state of facts surround the Post-Office Department, so far as the domestic affairs of its principal officers are concerned. Postmaster General Holt is confined to his house with pneumonia, and is considered quite dangerous. Assistant Postmaster General King is depressed by the illness of his daughter, who is quite low with typhoid fever. Mr. Dundas, Second Assistant, is not expected to live, having suffered for some time with a fatal disease of the kidneys. Mr. Childs, who has been acting for Mr. Dundas, was yesterday summoned from his duties by the death of a child. These facts, together with the natural complications pres
of the politician's dispensary." Senator Toomba's proposition (to amend the Constitution, and urging Georgia to secede at the latest day,) is construed differently by the secessionists, some being encouraged by it, and others, more numerous, being discouraged. A Southern Senator, discussing this proposition, said to me, "I know Robert Toombs well. This is not the first time he has turned the head of the column. He did so in 51; but for him, we would have obtained all we wanted, all we needed, then and the present crisis would never have come." All things considered, the prospect of a compromise is better than it has been yet. Moreover, we have the consolation of believing that the worst will be known before the present week is ended; for I take it that the fact of South Carolina being out of the Union will bring things to a head one way or the other. It was rumored all over town yesterday that the President had resigned, and that Mr. Holt was dead. Not so 50 Zed.